September 26, 2003


Someone wrote to one of the papers recently suggesting this ... and now itís happening. Free sheep for Iraq!

Australian livestock exporters will buy back the 53,000 sheep adrift in the Persian Gulf and give them to Iraq for slaughter at Ramadan, under a secret deal the Australian Government is brokering.

By the way, what is Ron Tandberg on about? Another slaughter?

Posted by Tim Blair at September 26, 2003 04:20 PM

Tandberg. Completely loopy.

Posted by: ilibcc at September 26, 2003 at 04:37 PM

NZ boys you have missed your chance. The boat will have arrived just in time for the NRL grand final too :)

Posted by: Rob at September 26, 2003 at 04:42 PM

Tandberg is making a comment that some in the media will use anything remotely bad-sounding to bash the Howard government.

It's a joke about their bias.

Posted by: Nerk at September 26, 2003 at 04:43 PM

Put those left media soundalikes on a boat and donate them to Iraq to be slaughtered at Ramadan.

If it looks like a sheep and bleats like a sheep ...

Posted by: pooh at September 26, 2003 at 04:58 PM

"Another slaughter?" asks Tim. I'm not sure how Iraqi soldiers died in the war (thousands, at least, if I remember correctly), but it could be considered a slaughter, perhaps? (at least that's what one army bloke told me)

Posted by: Geoff at September 26, 2003 at 05:32 PM

Oops: *how many* died, not *how* they died :-)

Posted by: Geoff at September 26, 2003 at 05:32 PM

Agree with Nerk, I see it as a joke at the expense of the more hysterical elements of the anti-war group and their language.

Posted by: James Hamilton at September 26, 2003 at 08:32 PM

Give them a fighting chance, or you're no better than a thug.

Posted by: Sisyphus at September 26, 2003 at 09:12 PM

53,000 sheep for ten million comes to (whips calculator)188.67924528301886792452830188679 per animal. That seems like a reasonable price. What would the average Iraqi eat with their sheep dinner? I mean do they use mint jelly or what?

Posted by: JimC at September 26, 2003 at 11:49 PM

Meanwhile, Australian sheep stay at home in the Outback, enjoying their (stuff sheep eat) and sipping on expensive well water.

So you chickengoat Australian sheep, rather than hiding behind the wool of your ovine rhetoric, why not show your true bravery and hop aboard a transport for ritualistic slaughter in Iraq? Put your convictions where your mouths are. Or something.

Until think, you are all baas and no action.

Posted by: Steve in Houston at September 27, 2003 at 03:18 AM

So the kid in the house that got splattered into a 1000 pieces when the one ton JDAM bomb came through the roof 'cause they got the GPS coordinates wrong - she wasn't slaughtered right. It was just a planning error right.

Na, that kid was just collateral damage. Tim hasn't anything to worry about, he'd never slaughter kids.

Tim would just get someone else to do it, 'cause heís too busy at lunch tossing the next column around with his mates and been ever so cute with the truth.

Posted by: whatever at September 27, 2003 at 09:24 AM

A fake concern for civilians
A dumb dig at Tim
An enigmatic mention of lunch

Yep, he's back

Posted by: monkeyboy at September 27, 2003 at 11:12 AM